Easter Traditions in the Lowcountry
Without a doubt the biggest holiday of Spring is Easter and every family has its own way of celebrating. In the midst of all the bunnies, fluffy chicks and colored eggs, the parades and Easter bonnets we thought we’d take a look at some Southern traditions for the season.
It wouldn’t be a holiday without a family gathering and it wouldn’t be the Lowcountry without a table filled with wonderful food. Easter is a time to bring out the pretty pastel linens you’ve tucked away, to dress up your table with the colors of Spring and to liven up the menu with iced tea, deviled eggs, fruit salads, Grandma’s pineapple upside down and/or coconut cake, and luscious ambrosia. Some classic menu choices include baked ham, boneless prime rib beef roast, butter steamed or scalloped potatoes, roasted or mashed sweet potatoes, green beans with bacon and onions, and of course classic corn casserole. For these and other menu ideas and recipes, click here.
In the Lowcountry tradition runs deep and for Easter you know that in addition to the deviled eggs on the dinner table that there are some things that just do not change with time here. No one is never too old for Easter baskets, although the grown-up versions might not be filled with marshmallow peeps and jelly beans but instead might be garden baskets. Speaking of Easter baskets, dying eggs and having Easter egg hunts are very serious activities, it simply isn’t Easter without them. According to Southern Living there are two rules: first, always dye the eggs on Good Friday and second, hide only the candy-filled plastic eggs on Easter Sunday, preferably at grandma’s house.
But the egg-stravaganza isn’t over yet. In the Lowcountry decorative trees aren’t just for Christmas, oh no, down here it is quite common to have an Easter tree centerpiece on the table, with eggs hanging from its branches. Or even that small tree out in the yard might find itself festooned with plastic eggs. Curious about how to create a candy Easter tree for your table? Here’s a step-by-step guide.
Finally, you simply must dress up for Easter. Ruffles and seersucker, white shoes, Easter bonnets and even gloves have not gone out of style in the Lowcountry. Easter remains a special and stylish occasion for everyone, old and young alike, to dress up in their finest Spring attire.
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